Search Engine Techniques in Genealogy


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        The fact that a birth, marriage or death is recorded in Otisfield does not prove that it occurred in this town; when places other than Otisfield and Maine are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.

        In all items from town records the original spelling is followed, and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in the records.

        The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual may be found under different spellings.   This is a CRITICAL statement in genealogical research!  (See Occupation- Census Taker Below)

            As a census transcriber, I DO NOT correct names that appear to be mispelled in the census.  The 1900 Census for Otisfield is a classic example of "misspelled" first names!

Addeline = Adeline/Adaline  Amey = Amy

Clarah = Clara 
Donal = Donald

Elen = Ellen 
Estela = Estella

Eles = Alice
Eveline = Evelyn

Gladace = Gladys
Grove = Grovenor

Isebela = Isabella/Isabel 
Mable = Mabel

Sibbell = Sybil
Unis = Eunice

BOOLEAN TECHNIQUES to Fine-Tune Your Search

          Enclose a phrase or search string in quotation marks to find messages containing certain words in a certain order. The keyword(s) Worthington Hills Cemetery will find messages containing Worthington,  or Hills, or Cemetery. Adding the BOOLEAN quotation marks to the search string, "Worthington Hills Cemetery", will return only messages in which that exact phrase appears.

          A plus sign (+) in front of a word means that word must be in pages for them to be a match. For example, Obituary +Thompson will return only messages containing the word, obituary, that ALSO contain the word, Thompson.

          A minus sign (-) in front of a word means that any page that has that word is excluded from the list of  matches. For example, "Morgan County" -Roberts will return messages containing the phrase "Morgan County", that DO NOT contain the word, Roberts.

Ocupsyshun - Census Taker

     "I am a sensus taker for the city of Bufflow.  Our sity has groan verry fast in resent years &  now in 1865, it has become a hard & time konsuming job to kount all the peephill. There  are not many that kan do this werk, as it is nesessarie to have an ejucashun, wich a lot of pursons still do not have. Anuther atribeart needed for this job is god spelling, for meny of the pephill to be kounted can hardle speek inglish, let alon spel there names!"                   Back to Top

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